Community-building

‘Meet Me at the Bridge’ offers faith, friendship to Durham residents experiencing homelessness

By Catherine O'Neill and Nicole Caporaso

April 19, 2017

  As semi-trucks rumble noisily overhead, a sizable crowd gathers for food, faith and fellowship under the Durham Freeway Bridge. Even on snowy winter days and humid summer afternoons, you can find Pastor David Smith and his wife, Cheryl, beneath the bridge on the third Saturday of every month. As drivers honk their horns and […]

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Syrian refugees find new home, challenges in NC

By Rashaan Ayesh

Editor’s note: The interview was conducted in and translated from Arabic. Three days. Adnan Shareef and his family spent three days in the mountains of Syria waiting to cross the border to Turkey. Rain poured down on Adnan, his wife and their six children. The storms continued until they could sneak past the guards at […]

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Historic Lyon Park: keeping Durham’s memories alive

By Kevin Crawford

  Durham is known for its strong Parks and Recreation Department, updated parks and equipment and active community centers, but the Lyon Park Center is proud of its historical record within the Southwest Central Durham area. “This building was built in 1930, and it was just standing for a while. It was a sore eye […]

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Poise and passion: celebrating black women in performance

By Catherine O'Neill

April 5, 2017

Ajua Arnette may only be 7 years old, but give her a microphone and a costume and she commands the stage. A first-grader at Sandy Ridge Elementary, Ajua was one of the many performers at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham for Wimmin@Work 2017—an afternoon of artistic performances in honor of “Wimmin’s History Month” celebrated on […]

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A Q&A with Durham County Republican HQ Chair

By Jarely Parada

  To some people in Durham, the Republican Party is the party of old white men consumed with self-pride and a lack of care for the less fortunate. Deep in central Durham County, where only 14 percent of people are registered Republicans, one man believes the African-American community should consider a different way of thinking. […]

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Fish Fry Friday back at Antioch

By Brian Shurney

  Some churches are content holding a few services a week with some philanthropy thrown in here and there, but Antioch Baptist Church has bigger fish to fry. Fish Fry Friday is back at Antioch, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1415 Holloway St. The church’s fish fry has been serving locals and […]

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Majestic Angels senior dancers focus on faith, finding strength

By Avery Rodriguez

The women of the Majestic Angels, a dance troupe for senior citizens in Durham, have served as examples of the power of faith and dance since 2015. Durham resident Vanessa Dunston, 62, started the eight-person dance team after more than 30 years of military service. “After I retired in 2011, I didn’t know what I […]

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A historic voice for the black community

By Olivia Browning

Louis E. Austin bought The Stanford Advertiser in 1927 and transformed the local newspaper into the most important voice for black North Carolinians during the civil rights era. He used The Carolina Times to publicize racial inequities and to fight for racial equality in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. Austin’s legacy is still carried […]

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World Relief Durham welcomes refugees to the community

By Rashaan Ayesh

Durham is home to the Durham Bulls, Duke University, the Durham Performing Arts Center and American Tobacco. It is also the new home for many refugees from across the world fleeing war, famine and natural disasters. They come to Durham hoping to start a new life, and World Relief Durham helps them do so. “World […]

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Creek Week keeps Durham beautiful

By Elise Clouser

  On a warm weekday morning in late March, while most Durham residents are at work or school, a group of about ten volunteers don bright green vests, sturdy gloves and old sneakers for a Creek Week cleanup event. They carry giant trash bags and begin making their way along the winding creek, picking up […]

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Mayor Bell plans to leave a legacy of outreach, community

By Bryce Lapping

Durham Mayor Bill Bell has made a difference in the community he loves, and he will continue to do so after his final term expires later this year. Bell, who has served as mayor since 2001, sat down with The VOICE to discuss his impact on the city, mainly regarding his poverty reduction initiative, which […]

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The Holton Center having a lasting impact

By Nicole Caporaso

Curtis, 16, and Isaiah, 14, Powell, brothers and residents of East Durham, grew up at the Holton Career and Resource Center located at 401 N. Driver St. There, Curtis and his 14-year-old brother have made friends, developed their basketball skills, attended youth camps, and most importantly, found a home away from home. Curtis is a […]

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Durham community committed to their students’ success

By Thaddeus Berglund

For career and technical education students at the Holton Center, like senior Kaleb Shaw Lunsford, graduating is just one step along the path to a rewarding career – and they don’t have to travel it alone. Made in Durham, in partnering with the community, has made it their mission to ensure all Durham’s youth will […]

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Commentary: My Ride with Meals on Wheels

By Molly Smith

The second I set foot inside Meals on Wheels of Durham, I was immediately greeted with an air filled by the smell of sizzling hamburgers, the sound of animated chit-chat and the sight of dozens of smiling faces. After hearing about President Trump’s proposed budget cuts that endanger thousands of local Meals on Wheels agencies […]

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Hillside Chronicle staff writers pen “Letters to Durham”

By Jock Lauterer

April 3, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Following a recent incident near their high school, the Hillside Chronicle staffers of Hillside High School received some negative comments via social media about their school. Anonymous, of course. In response, the staff elected to write “Dear Durham” letters, aided by UNC-CH students from the Durham VOICE mentoring team which has worked with […]

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Looking for opportunity, not a handout

By Carlton Koonce

March 20, 2017

  Opportunities. Not handouts. When you think about it, it’s really not too much to ask. A chance to work and to prove one’s self worth. A chance to get into a good college.  A chance to land a job or start a business that provides for a family. A chance to live a safe, […]

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Warren library still a staple for African-Americans in Durham

By Olivia Browning and Alexis Allston

The Durham Colored Library was founded in the basement of a church in 1913 as the first African-American library in Durham. In 1940, the library moved to its current location at 1201 Fayetteville Street and was re-named the Stanford L. Warren library. It has since remained an important hub for the city’s African-American community. Hillside High School junior […]

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A Triangle coalition hopes to unify progressives

By Bryce Lapping

The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition held a “Triangle People’s Assembly” Saturday, the third such event since President Trump’s election. The assembly hosted representatives from a variety of social and economic justice organizations at The Palace International, a Durham restaurant started by two Kenyan natives. The Triangle Unity May Day Coalition formed in 2016 to […]

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Antioch Baptist Church honors community pioneers for Black History Month

By Catherine O'Neill

  The pews of Antioch Baptist Church were packed Sunday afternoon as members of the Durham community gathered to celebrate the church’s annual Black History Month honorees. The ceremony, which lasted for two hours, included song, dance, poetry and prayer. Attendees heard the vocal arrangements of Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Male […]

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